EUR WEB – *The entire casts of “Moonlight,” “Fences” and “Hidden Figures” were among the nominees for the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, announced Wednesday morning by the actors guild SAG-AFTRA.
Their nominations mark the first time since 2008 that the majority of nominees in the Outstanding Cast category are people of color.
“Fences” is the screen adaptation of August Wilson’s drama about a black family in ‘50s Pittsburgh; and “Hidden Figures” follows the three black women mathematicians who joined NASA’s space program in the ‘60s, and “Moonlight” centers on a young gay black man coming of age in a tough Miami neighborhood.
The three films will compete in the Outstanding Cast category along with “Manchester by the Sea” and “Captain Fantastic.”
“Moonlight” earned a total of three noms, with its supporting actor and actress Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris also earning nominations.
“Fences” also picked up three total noms, with Denzel Washington, who directed the film, earning a lead actor nom and Viola Davis, who plays his characters’ wife, earning a supporting actress nomination.
“Manchester” led all SAG nominees with four, including individual nods for lead actor Casey Affleck and supporting actress and actor Michelle Williams and Lucas Hedges.
SCREENER TV – The last time we checked in with WGN America’s “Underground,” Rosalee (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) found a small taste of freedom and came face-to-face with a historical legend: Harriet Tubman (Aisha Hinds). It wasn’t easy making it as far as she did, and with Noah (Aldis Hodge) captured and Cato presumed dead, Season 1 set the events that will eventually unfold when the series returns.
And boy will those stakes be raised! Not only do we get a clearer picture of this iteration of Harriet Tubman, the above Season 2 teaser gives a mere glimpse of notorious slave catcher Patty Cannon (Sadie Stratton). The redhead in question led a gang of men who captured and sold free blacks into slavery. Needless to say, she is one of the most violent and amoral women from American history.
Another detail worth surmising here is that Cato (Alano Miller) is very much alive and it looks like he’s involved in some sort of fight ring. While Quentin Tarantino made up Mandingo fighting in “Django Unchained,” and the notion has been proven to be 100% fictional, we can’t help but wonder if something along those lines is what is going on here.
Heading back to rescue the remaining Macon 7, including her beau Noah, Rosalee will have a renewed sense of strength and purpose heading into the new season, for sure. But with the country divided and threats around every corner, something tells us the ongoing mission for freedom will pack a punch more dangerous than she previously faced — if that’s even possible. With Harriet Tubman on her side, though, chances of success look pretty good.
“Underground” Season 2 premieres Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on WGN America.
FORBES – If you haven’t been watching the WGN America television series Underground (with season 2 starting in March 2017), you may be missing something. The drama focuses on the lives of slaves and the Underground Railroad in Antebellum, GA. It does so with dignity and poise.
One of the key roles is that of Noah, played by actor Aldis Hodge. Born in North Carolina as Aldis Alexander Basil Hodge, the 30-year-old actor says the role has given him a new view of history. Hodge is also an avid watch lover, as well as an artist and soon-to-be creator of an all-new watch brand under the Basil Time Piece name.
According to Hodge, Basil Time Piece is a boutique brand that will focus on haute horology. “We are going into production now of our first flagship model, but we will only be making small limited collections and special bespoke pieces,” explains Hodge, who is a collector of watches.